Benefits of higher urban population density – more cycling and walking to work

I’ve commented before on the need to boost population density across Brisbane to reduce the large costs associated with transporting people long distances to the CBD for work.  The State of Australian Cities 2013 report released yesterday by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport contains the following interesting information, which suggests higher density in the inner city would reduce road congestion in peak times and lead to environmental and health benefits:

Active travel for commutes to work is increasing in Brisbane’s inner suburbs and decreasing in Brisbane’s outer suburbs. In the inner suburbs 20.7% of people walk to work, an increase of 6.8% since 2001. In outer suburbs 1.9% of people walked to work, a decrease of 0.1% since 2001, while in the inner suburbs 3.8% of people cycled to work, an increase of 0.9%. In outer suburbs 0.5% of people cycle to work, a decrease of 0.1% during this period.

The Brisbane fact sheet contains other fascinating facts, such as the average incomes of public transport users versus non-users. Check it out, as you may be surprised.

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2 Responses to Benefits of higher urban population density – more cycling and walking to work

  1. Katrina drake says:

    Average incomes for users of mass transit in Brisbane are about 10 % higher than those who travel by private vehicle..

    Nothing surprising with that fact – higher income earners live in the more expensive suburbs, which are of course closer to public transport.

    in the inner suburbs 3.8% of people cycled to work, an increase of 0.9%. In outer suburbs 0.5% of people cycle to work, a decrease of 0.1% during this period.

    Nothing surprising about this one either – Brisbane bikeways are not built for cycle commuting, the surfaces are too uneven and unsafe. They are called bikeways as you can ride a bike on them recreationally – but they are not safe enough for commuting to work.

    Not much good news for cyclists, commuters, outer suburb dwellers or the homeless it this report. The Department of infrastructure and transport must try harder – they are failing our cities!

    • Gene Tunny says:

      Yes, perhaps not so surprising, but I thought it was interesting because it appears some people think of public transport as a second class option which it really isn’t. It would be good to have more people living in the inner city and using public transport.

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